Sales numbers (brought to the internet by CoinNews.Net) of US Mint American Eagle and American Buffalo sales increased in a big way in January with the newly dated 2015 bullion coins selling in quantity and attracting investors and collectors thanks to volatile gold and silver prices during the month of January. Many bullish sentiment has been expressed in recent months in regards to gold, and investors are nervous about a stock market that looks topsy-turvy.
Gold bullion coin sales increased for their biggest totals since last January, and silver bullion coin sales also clocked the third strongest month since all-time monthly records were set in January 2013, two years after gold and silver peaked in this most recent secular bull market.
American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins
American Silver Eagles went up 5,530,000 January 2015 to more than twice December sales of 2,459,000. January sales of the one-ounce, 99.9% pure American Silver Eagle coins were higher than the January 2014 level of 4,775,000 by 15.8%. Started in 1986, just four other months scored higher Silver Eagles sales and they are as followed:
- January 2013 with 7,498,000 coins,
- January 2011 with 6,422,000 coins,
- January 2012 with 6,107,000 coins, and
- October 2014 with 5,790,000 coins.
This year’s 2015-dated American Silver Eagle sales started on January 12, which was 2.5 week after sales of 2014 American Silver Eagle coins ceased.
American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins
American Eagle gold coins went up 81,000 ounces in January over January 2014, which means the largest increase for a month in a year. Sales increased 350% from December though they fell 11.5% from January 2014.
2015-dated American Gold Eagles debuted on Jan. 5.
American Buffalo gold coin sales enjoyed the biggest monthly gains in a year just as the American Gold Eagles did.
Sales of this coin reached 34,500 ounces in January for more than seven times the December tally which was calculated at 4,500 ounces. This was, however, 16.9% percent lower than the 41,500 ounces sold in January 2014. This year’s 2015-dated coins were released alongside the 2015 American Gold Eagles on January 5.
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin Sales
January sales of 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins advanced by a total of 600 units, but since these are not one ounce pieces this is really quite higher than it appears. Four of the 5 designs for 2014 have already sold out. Follows is the monthly and total sales for the 99.9% fine silver coins:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins sold out in October at 33,000.
- Shenandoah National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins gained 600 to 25,000.
- Arches National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins sold out in October at 22,000.
- Great Sand Dunes National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins sold out in December, although the Mint did make an adjustment in January of an extra 100 to bring the total to 22,000.
- Everglades National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins sold out in December at 34,000.
US Mint Bullion Sales
Below is a breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion sales by product.
|United States Mint Bullion Coin Sales (# of coins)|
|January 2014||December 2014||January 2015|
|$50 American Eagle Gold Coins (1 oz)||62,500||13,000||51,500|
|$25 American Eagle Gold Coins (1/2 oz)||12,000||0||18,000|
|$10 American Eagle Gold Coins (1/4 oz)||28,000||6,000||36,000|
|$5 American Eagle Gold Coins (1/10 oz)||160,000||35,000||115,000|
|$50 American Buffalo Gold Coins (1 oz)||41,500||4,500||34,500|
|ATB Silver Coins (5 oz)||0||12,100||600|
|American Eagle Silver Coins (1 oz)||4.755M||2.459M||5.53M|
U.S. Mint bullion coins are sold to authorized distributors who resell them to the public and other companies like coin and bullion dealers. Bullion coins, whether gold or silver, are usually available for a few percentage points above the latest value of their precious metal content.